Down 'n' Outz. Dublin Academy, 18 December 2014. Joe Elliott might not think of Down ‘n’ Outz as a labour of love, but that’s clearly what it is. Tonight in Dublin on the last night of a ten-date UK tour, the band were in celebratory form, bringing to an end the cycle in support of latest album ‘The Further Adventures of…’.
David Gray. Castlebar Royal Theatre, 8 December 2014. Nine albums into a career that has seen him become a multi-million selling artist, tonight with band in tow, David Gray was in Castlebar Co. Mayo, on the final date of a short Irish tour that has also taken in shows in Dublin and Killkenny.
Saxon / Hell. Dublin Academy, 5 Dec 2014. Celebrating thirty-five years together with a tour that focuses primarily on their most illustrious albums; ‘Wheels Of Steel’, ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ and ‘Denim and Leather’, tonight Saxon brought their ‘Warriors Of The Road’ show to Dublin.
Robert Plant. Belfast Ulster Hall, 23 November 2014. Over four decades may have passed since Led Zeppelin premiered 'Stairway To Heaven' in this very venue, but tonight Robert Plant was back in the with his band ‘The Sensational Space Shifters’ to play to a sold out crowd as part of his current UK tour.
Therapy? Belfast Mandela Hall, 15 November 2014. Celebrating 20 years of 'Troublegum', The Northern Ireland Music Awards was the perfect Occasion for local heroes Therapy? to show exactly why they are hometown heroes. Picking up an award themselves, the event was a special celebration for band and fans alike.
Slash Ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. Dublin 3 Arena, 10 November 2014. As far as music icons go, there are few more instantly recognisable than Slash. Tonight in Dublin on the opening night of a world tour, the icon treated the crowd to tracks from every period of his career, as well as debuting songs from the new album ‘World On Fire’ live for the first time.
Billy Idol. Birmingham Academy, 5 November 2014. Billy Idol is a true British music icon. Reunited once again with guitarist Steve Stevens, co-writer of many of his biggest hits, tonight, with band in tow the pair were in Birmingham as part of a short British tour to promote new album 'Kings And Queens of the Underground'.
Royal Blood / Turbowolf. Dublin Academy, 27 October 2014. There can be few more exciting acts to emerge in the last few years than Royal Blood. An in-demand concert draw, tonight in Dublin, on the opening night of a sell-out fifteen date tour, they sealed their reputation as the must-see a live act of 2014.
Tim "Ripper" Owens. Belfast Voodoo, 25 September 2014. The man famous for inspiring the storyline to the ‘Rock Star’ movie - his rags to riches story of tribute band frontman to that of the real thing – Tim "Ripper" Owens is in Belfast tonight at the tail end of a solo tour that has seen him celebrating Judas Priest’s ‘Jugulator’ album.
Ricky Warwick & Damon Johnson. Ahoghill Diamond Rock Club, 17 October 2014. There have been some great nights at The Diamond, however, every once in a while something truly special rolls into town, and so it was tonight, as three fifths of Thin Lizzy offshoot Black Star Riders arrived for an exclusive acoustic set.
Bryan Adams. Castlebar Royal Theatre, 16 September 2014. The ‘Bare Bones’ tour has seen Bryan Adams going back to basics. He first stripped things right back in 1997, with the release of his MTV Unplugged album. An acoustic album that featured a full band, tonight, he’s taking the concept even further.
Electric Picnic 2014. Stradbally Co. Laois 29-31 August 2014. Now in its eleventh year, Electric Picnic has steadily grown to become Ireland’s number one festival. With a truly world class line up that included Outkast, Paulo Nutini, Pet Shop Boys, Portishead, Chic and more, the 2014 Picnic really did have something for everyone.
Queens Of The Stone Age / Brody Dale. Belsonic Belfast, 20 August 2014. A prolonged hiatus, and the near death experience suffered by main man Josh Homme wasn’t enough to finish Queens Of The Stone Age off. Playing their their largest ever UK tour in 2013, the band were back in Belfast on a victory lap.
Therapy? Sonisphere, Knebworth Park, 6 July 2014. “I’ve got a problem”, barks Andy Cairns at the beginning of tonight’s set “this infernal love”. Therapy? are back at Sonisphere, four years after playing the whole of their career peaking ‘Troublegum’ album. This year they did the same with its follow-up, ‘Infernal Love’.
Sonisphere Festival 2014. Knebworth Park, 5 July 2014. An excitingly varied line-up took to the stage for the first day of Sonisphere 2014, with sets from Chas 'n' Dave, Ghost, The Winery Dogs, and more. As if that wasn't enough, headliners Iron Maiden brought their 'Maiden England' tour to a close, with added Fokkers at dawn.
Richie Sambora With Oriathi. Dublin Olympia Theatre, 30 June 2014. There are few bands that inspire as much passionate vitriol from those in the rock and metal world than Bon Jovi. Tonight in Dublin with sidekick Orianthi, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was out to prove that he can do it without his former outfit.
Download Festival 2014. Donington Park, 13-15 June 2014. Arriving onto the Download site more than twenty-four hours after the festival has begun, there’s some catching up to be done. Thankfully the beer tokens haven’t run out, and with Aerosmith, Steel Panther, Status Quo and more ahead, there’s still plenty of good music to come.
Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival 2014. Ballyshannon, 3 June 2014. For many fans of rock and blues music, the sleepy town of Ballyshannon holds a place of special significance; as the birth place of one of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians. It's here that fans gather every year to celebrate his legacy, at the Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival.
Skid Row / Ugly Kid Joe. Belfast Limelight, 29 October 2013. It’s a drab October night in Belfast, but inside the Limelight, tonight’s headliners Skid Row are bringing back a touch of glam. With a double bill that sees Ugly Kid Joe in tow, they’re ready to party like it’s 1991 all over again. It’s like Grunge never happened.
Last In Line. Belfast Limelight, 8 August 2013. Last In Line rightly lay claim to their part in one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time; Dio’s 'Holy Diver'. Comprising of three of the original members of that same band, the gig saw guitarist Vivian Campbell return home in more ways than one.